This is one of the best books I have ever read for women! Dr. Smith shares her heart and the experiences she has had to help women balance life and deal with the society we all are living in today. I would say this is a MUST read for every christian woman!
So good, true and real. Addresses lies many women battle with, and helps you see the truth and find a way to work towards freedom in your own life. I think EVERY woman should read this book. It is so good, honestly one of the best books I have ever read. So helpful and really speaks into your life
I thought I knew all the negative self-talk that women indulge in and the lies we tell ourselves I had down pat. After all at age 70 it's a matter of been there done that, got the tee shirt, so what's new. Saundra Dalton-Smith's book, Set Free to live Free is new. In her book the author takes you behind the patient doctor screen to bring true life experiences, and shows the crippling effect these lies and myths have on the psyche. She herself, as she reveals was not immune, so this is also her story as well as yours and mine and so many countless women.
So we know the score, but how do we get free. A God-given intuitive gift allows Dr Dalton-Smith to probe beneath the surface of the problems presented to dispense a prescription based on biblical truths, facts and a ministry of encouragement that empowers the patients to replace the lies with truth.
As I poured over this book, and I must warn you it is not a onetime sit down and read kind of a book, it takes time to read study, digest and act upon the information. But as I went through the book, I had to stop and take notes, which I placed in strategic places in the book so that I could go back and reference the sections. It was sort of like doing a Bible Study and truly a great amount of truth was revealed and a lot of healing and help. I felt that I had gained victory over a number of things because they no longer were a part of my life, but as I read Set Free to live Free, I found that there was still tension in some areas of my life that needed to be released if I was to truly gain the victory I deserved in life and in Christ. One such situation was in relation to emotional pain. I was no longer in a male female relationship, so I thought there were no barriers around my emotions. How wrong I was, when I examined myself. I am so glad I did because not long after I was led by the Lord into a friendship with a wonderful man, and had I not torn down those protective barriers, I would not have been open enough to receive the good that was coming from and through him. I am now able to engage in honest self-disclosure. What freedom, what a victory!!!!
This is an easy to read, nook, note, not a quick read, and I truly appreciate the deep biblical perspective that Saundra brings to bear in her writing. This is definitely a book that women of all persuasions should read, whether Christian or non-believer, because the issues are common to us all and the solutions are sound and very needed to make us into the beautiful creation of God that we are intended to be, living up to our full potential in total blissful freedom of self.
The warm, yet bold style used to present women with God's truth is refreshing and inviting.When the World screams that thin is happy, the author reveals a deeper truth:"As a physician, I would love to see everyone within ten pounds of her ideal weight. The problem with such a statement is it requires a concrete definition of ideal body weight. For some it's the weight they were prior to childbirth, for others it may be the weight at which they had the fewest medical ailments, and for still others it may be the weight at which they perceived they were the most attractive. Whatever the motivating factor, the reality is that women have become weight and dieting obsessed to the point where it has become counterproductive."Lies about our ideal weight and our image are only two aspects of many the author explores. Each page is filled with engaging examples, her trustworthy view as a physician, and true-life scenarios--all shining with powerful insight that are truly life-changing.---Janet Perez Eckles, author of Simply Salsa: Dancing Without Fear at God's Fiesta.
was really looking forward to reading Set Free to Live Free when it arrived in the mail. As a recovering perfectionist Dr. Dalton-Smith's work was of great interest to me.
Written from a Christian perspective and looking at seven lies women tell themselves. Dr. Dalton-Smith identifies these lies as Perfection (Perfection Is the Goal), Envy (I Would Be Happy Too If I Had Her Life), Image (If I Do This I Can Look Like That), Balance (Life Is an All-or-None Activity), Control (Being In Control Is Better Than Spontaneity), Emotions (Emotional Imbalance Is Only for Crazy Women) and Limits (Everything Comes with Conditions).
Once these are thoroughly explained she goes through a plan to fight the insecurity's that affect woman on a daily basis. This work of non-fiction really spoke to my heart. Everything we do affects us both physically and spiritually. Dr. Dalton-Smith explores this connection and leads the reader to the truth. She uses real woman's stories to show how God can heal. He is the answer.
This is a book I will need to read again and really ponder how to apply the principals to my life. I sure could use a little setting free that's for sure.
Set Free to Live Free is now available from Revell Publishing. Go and get it. It will change your perspective in the most positive way!